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Caduceus Newsletter:  Spring 2017.02, Week of January 23   

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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN  38104

Home page:
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Table of Contents:

1.  Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. 
2.  Augusta University (Augusta, GA) offers a 9-week summer research program for undergraduates. 
3. 
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is excited to announce a new resource now available to students to help them as they prepare for the MCAT exam. “How I Studied for the MCAT Exam” includes profiles for 17 students who self-identified as having performed well on the exam.  
4.   Feinberg 411:  A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. 
5.  Interested in conducting research in parasitology?  Dr. Michael Sukhdeo, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University is looking for you.  
6.  Entry-level Research Technologist position available in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Roberts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  
7.  The Wolf River Conservancy could use your help to make its 12th Annual Wolf River Conservancy Tree Planting a success.  

 

1.  Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. 

On behalf of program directors, Dr. Brian Lewis and Dr. Pranoti Mandrekar, please share this opportunity with your students and within your various networks: www.umassmed.edu/summer. The online application is found at: http://www.umassmed.edu/schoolservices/prematriculation/srp/apply-now/.

Best wishes for the New Near!!!

2017 Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Ten Week Program - May 28 - August 4, 2017

2016 Summer Fellows

Program Description

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is a non-credit, ten-week, structured research experience sponsored by UMMS Office of School Services. The program consists of "hands-on" laboratory research with an investigator serving as a mentor, role model and advisor.

The Combined Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and UMMS Office of Research.

Goals

The program is designed to provide participants in-depth exposure to actual bio medical research. Participants will create career-building connections between researchers, post docs, graduate students, and peers. The program encourages participants to consider biomedical research as a viable career choice.

Why should I apply?

• Intense research experience in state of the art laboratories

• Summer Research Fellows receive a stipend of $4000. Stipends are paid to participants in three payments over the ten week program

• Travel and housing is paid for and arranged by the program

• Transportation is provided week days to and from the campus

• Participants prepare and present a professional research poster 

Deborah Harmon Hines, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Radiology 
2015 Bruce Alberts Awardee for Excellence in Science Education
University of Massachusetts Medical School
55 Lake Avenue North

Worcester MA 01655
508-856-2444 phone  508-856-6540 fax
Deborah-harmon.hines@umassmed.edu
www.umassmed.edu/summer

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“Diversity is making sure everyone is invited to the party. Inclusion is asking them to dance!”

-         Donna Brazile

 

 

2.  Augusta University (Augusta, GA) offers a 9-week summer research program for undergraduates. 

 

3.  The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is excited to announce a new resource now available to students to help them as they prepare for the MCAT exam. “How I Studied for the MCAT Exam” includes profiles for 17 students who self-identified as having performed well on the exam.  

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is excited to announce a new resource now available to students to help them as they prepare for the MCAT exam. “How I Studied for the MCAT Exam” includes profiles for 17 students who self-identified as having performed well on the exam. The profiles include insight on how the students performed, their overall study approach, tips, any challenges they faced and overcame, and “do’s and don’ts” for students to be aware of as they prepare. They can be found at: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/how-i-prepared-mcat-exam/

It is our hope this resource will help your students as they develop their own study schedules and begin their studying and preparation, as well as provide some inspiration and motivation to tackle the exam.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at advisors@aamc.org or call us at 202-828-0950.

Sincerely,

Chay Rao, Manager, MCAT Outreach & Communication
The Association of American Medical Colleges
crao@aamc.org

 

 

4.   Feinberg 411:  A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. 

A monthly newsletter for prospective and accepted students of the Feinberg School of Medicine.

 

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Students performed a series of skits poking fun at the medical school experience at the 38th annual performance of In Vivo, Feinberg's sketch comedy and variety show, which raised money for Chicago House.

 

 

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EDUCATION

 

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Second-Year Medical Students Showcase Area of Scholarly Concentration Projects

Second-year medical students presented their in-progress research projects at the Area of Scholarly Concentration poster session.

 

 

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RESEARCH

 

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Astrocytes May Play a Role in Parkinson's Disease

New Northwestern Medicine research shows how astrocytes, a type of cell in the brain, may play a role in regulating a pathway that is overactive in Parkinson's disease.

 

 

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CLINICAL

 

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Scientists Develop Soft, Microfluidic 'Lab on the Skin' for Sweat Analysis

A Northwestern research team has developed a first-of-its-kind flexible microfluidic device that adheres to the skin and measures the wearer's sweat. 

 

 

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WELLNESS

 

Students Gather for Unity Event

 

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Feinberg students organized a unity event and came together on November 30 to honor a simple truth: No one should feel unsafe because of who they are. The posters created for the event will be hung in student spaces.

 

"After the election, many students felt obligated to do something to protect the people who were targeted by hate crimes," said Michael Musharbash, a first-year medical student. "This especially includes women, Muslim and Jewish people, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people and undocumented people. These people are our patients and our colleagues, and as physicians, we have an obligation to advocate for them." 

 

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DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

 

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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Student National Medical Association hosted a talk to promote awareness and discuss the public health response at Standing Rock, North Dakota.

 

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Focus on the MD Curriculum

 

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In the very first weeks of the MD program, Feinberg students begin clinical training in one of two settings: the Individual Preceptorship or Education-Centered Medical Home.

 

In the Individual Preceptorship, students provide patient care while working one-on-one alongside an experienced attending physician for two years. In the Education-Centered Medical Home, students care for a panel of patients for all four years in a team comprised of 15 peers from all four classes and a faculty preceptor.

 

Both clinical experiences take place in authentic outpatient environments where students participate in continuity of care. Working with the same cohort of patients over the long term provides Feinberg students with unique learning opportunities not available at other medical schools. With guidance from a faculty mentor, students immediately practice clinical skills such as history-taking, physical examinations and motivational interviewing. 

 

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Why Did I Choose Feinberg?

 

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Avni Bavishi is a second-year medical student.

Avni Bavishi is a second-year medical student, Chicagoland native and chair of student organizations on the Student Senate.

 

Why did you choose Feinberg? 

When I was accepted to Feinberg, I was thrilled to have the chance to return home to Chicago. However, I was really sold by the number of small group, interactive and discussion-based experiences that Feinberg offered. Having the chance to see real patients from the very start of medical school through a longitudinal clinical experience was one that I could not pass up. 

 

What has been your proudest moment so far? 

I served as one of the coordinators for Devon Clinic, a weekly free clinic run by medical students and volunteer physicians to provide primary care to a severely underserved area of the population. One major issue that this clinic has is recruiting enough volunteer physicians; however, during my time as a coordinator, I recruited six new Northwestern Medicine faculty members who have helped fill this shortage. Knowing that my contribution helped the clinic stay open and serve more patients who desperately need care is one of my proudest moments.

 

What class or aspect of the curriculum has been your favorite? 

My favorite class at Feinberg was the "Playing Doctor" humanities seminar. I deliberately chose a seminar that would push me outside my comfort zone--improv was something I had never done before and probably would never do again. As someone who doesn't see herself as particularly funny or outgoing, this was a chance to try something different. The unique class gave me a perspective on empathy and communication that will come in handy as a doctor while also allowing me to expand my horizons.

 

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Admissions Q&A

 

Can I find out in advance who my Feinberg faculty and student interviewers will be?

We do not announce interviewers prior to the interview date. All candidates will learn who their interviewers are at the same time, at the end of the morning welcome session.

 

Do you have a student hosting program?

We do have a student hosting program at Feinberg. When you are invited to interview, you will receive additional information about requesting a student host for the evening before the interview day.

 

 

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5.  Interested in conducting research in parasitology?  Dr. Michael Sukhdeo, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers University is looking for you.  

Graduate Student Wanted!!

An opportunity has opened for a PhD student in the Sukhdeo Parasitology Lab starting September 2017. (website http://rci.rutgers.edu/~sukhdeo/)

If interested please contact me immediately! If you know any bright undergraduates who are interested in grad school, please send them this ad.

Students must be able to TA a parasitology lab.

Our lab works on the ecology of parasites at all levels of scale, and primarily in aquatic systems. Students develop their own questions.

Applications to Rutgers Graduate School close on Feb 15… so there is a need for haste.

If interested, please immediately contact: 
Dr. Michael Sukhdeo, 
Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, Rutgers University
sukhdeo@sebs.rutgers.edu

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6.  Entry-level Research Technologist position available in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Roberts at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  

From: Throm, Stacy <Stacy.Throm@STJUDE.ORG>
Subject: Research Technologist position at St Jude

 

Dear Dr. Ogilvie,

 

Good afternoon and Happy New Year!  I am reaching out to you in hopes you may be able to help me reach some excellent recent or soon-to-be grads who may be interested in an entry-level Research Technologist position we have available in Dr. Charles Roberts’ lab here at St Jude.  The Roberts lab is located in the Department of Oncology and our research focuses on epigenetic regulation of cancer. We are looking for candidates who are excited about molecular and cellular biology of cancer. If you have any candidates in mind could you please ask them to either contact me directly or apply to the position at www.Stjude.org ? The position number is 36016. 

 

Job ID:  36016

Job Title:  Research Technologist

Company:  SJCRH

 

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            We are seeking a highly motivated individual with an interest in biomedical research. 

The ideal applicant will utilize state-of-the-art techniques in genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology to characterize in vitro and in vivo models of human diseases with a particular focus upon chromatin biology and its relationship to aggressive cancers. 

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's or Master's degree in an appropriate scientific field is required.

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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

www.stjude.org

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.

Sincerely,

Stacy

 

Stacy Throm, Ph.D.

Lab Manager, Operations

Department of Oncology

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place

Memphis, TN 38105

Email:Stacy.Throm@stjude.org

Office: 901-595-8670

 

 

7.  The Wolf River Conservancy could use your help to make its 12th Annual Wolf River Conservancy Tree Planting a success.  

Preserving the Wonder of the Wolf

 

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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
E-mail: seisen@cbu.edu
http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/ 
Caduceus Newsletter Archives: http://facstaff.cbu.edu/~seisen/Caduceus.html